Author: Katie Kohler

Times change but local church stands firm on decision to oust Boy Scouts

By KatieKohler Aldan Union Church cut ties with the troop it founded over 90 years ago in 2013 after the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to lift its ban on gay members. The church’s Council of Elders made the decision to sever the relationship with Boy Scout Troop 2 and Cub Scout Pack 2 with a vote to terminate the charter on Sept. 30 and it took effect Jan. 1, 2014 when the Boy Scouts’ new policy took effect. Since then, America has moved its moral compass even further with the legalization of same-sex marriage and public accommodations for transgender persons. Today, the church remains steadfast in its commitment. “Yes, we still stand by our decision and, yes, we lost some members as a result of the decision,” said Pastor Paul Thompson, who has been at the church for 39 years. The day after the church vote, then-Troop 2 Committee Chairman Mark Wilson made a motion at American Legion Post 1000 in Aldan to transfer the charter from the church to the post. The troop currently meets at that location. “While we were saddened to end our longstanding relationship with the Aldan Union Church, we respect their decision.  We are grateful that the American Legion Post 1000 welcomed our scouts and allowed us to seamlessly continue serving youth in the Aldan community with our life-changing programs that instill...

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Ex-Southeast Delco teacher is a record-setting star runner

By KatieKohler Bill Schultz still gets some pretty good mileage. The Collingdale resident known for his transcontinental run in 1990 still logs over 3,000 miles a year. He easily recalls the details of his cross-country trek which started when he took his sabbatical from teaching at Harris Elementary School. He started on Feb. 21st with his hands and toes in the Pacific Ocean, with the goal of 30 miles a day for 100 days. He called the school every week and a different student would interview him and ask where he was so they could keep track on...

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The Sky is His Limit HS senior proves overcoming circumstances is possible

By KatieKohler For football players, two-a-days in summer heat is merciless. Offensive linemen driving them to the ground is tough. Two minutes left in the fourth quarter with muscles aching is mind-over-matter time. Penn Wood High School’s Kenny Ngaima experienced a different type of struggle, a life or death type, before he ever stepped inside the white lines of a football field. Ngaima was forced to grow up at a young age due to being born in Sierra Leone in 1998 in the midst of the country’s civil war which he says he was “blessed” to survive. “In...

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Football wasn’t the only thing to cheer for last weekend

By KatieKohler Whether you rooted for the Atlanta Falcons or the New England Patriots, there was plenty to cheer about in Delaware County during Super Bowl weekend. The “Souper Bowl of Caring,” a national youth-led non-profit organization which utilizes the weekend of the big game to mobilize young people to fight hunger in their local communities, collected over 33,000 units (and counting) of food and cash donations. Two weekends before the Super Bowl, volunteers distributed flyers to homes in the county. On Saturday, Feb. 4th, they collected the food donations. On Sunday, over a dozen area churches held collections for...

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Local youths stay in ‘step’ with team devoted to excellence

By KatieKohler Jenaya Smith stands in front of her team of girls from Yeadon ranging in ages from seven to 16. She eyes each of them like a sergeant sizing up a platoon. Her instructions are concise. “Five, six, seven, eight,” Smith repeats during practice at Yeadon Hall. She wants to see it. She wants to hear it. Smith’s group, the Royal Excellence Step Team, is always pursuing that one fantastic noise – the sound of one person stepping. Step is a type of rhythm dance in which the participant’s entire body becomes an instrument to produce complex...

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